Tag: menswear

Megan Blue Fabrics Male Poloshirt

Husband cleared out his wardrobe three weeks ago and decided to let some of his well worn poloshirts go. They had seen better days. So time for me to make some new. Suitable fabric for men isn’t easy to find.
I saw a while ago on the Sikkes IG-account a few striped jersey fabrics. One looked perfect to use for a new poloshirt. I hopped on my bike two weeks ago to take a look in the shop.

Zonen09 polos with shoes and jeans
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Striped LMV Cliff hemd

Husband asked very kindly if I could make a new dress shirt for him. He wanted something else than blue or grey. We went shopping at the Stoffenloods in Heemskerk where he saw a red striped fabric that he really liked.
One can do a lot with stripes and created nice looking details. The LMV Cliff hemd has an eye catching shoulder yoke that’s perfect for some stripe playing. I started with making some sketches before starting to cut the striped LMV Cliff hemd version.

Striped LMV Cliff hemd
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Sewing Top Five 2018

Gillian started in 2012 the Sewing Top Five serie. The Sewing Top Five has 5 categories: hits, misses, highlights, reflections and goals. She writes individual blogposts with each categorie as subject.
I liked the idea but decided to make a mixture of all these categories in just one block of five. Why? Because I didn’t had many misses (no selfmade project was destroyed in the wash, never worn or when it failed it was unpicked and got another look). So here we go in no particular order.

Sewing Top Five 2018
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Zonen09 Theo overhemd poloshirt version

After a long and sometimes hot summer Autumn is peeping around the corner. Now the Summer is coming to an end in the northern hemisphere and days are slowly getting shorter so evening and nights are slowly getting longer. Sometimes September but also October can bring some nice, warm days. So I made a Zonen09 Theo overhemd poloshirt version for the ‘Sew Long Summer 2018’ Blog Tour.

Zonen09 Theo overhemd poloshirt version

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LaMaisonVictor Aspen poloshirt

My husband is this time the subject of my sewing projects. I made for him a striped version of the LaMaisonVictor Aspen poloshirt. The LaMaisonVictor Aspen poloshirt is the third time that I’m using the LMV May/June2018 edition. It doesn’t happen often that I use a sewing magazine three times but this edition really had some great designs I could use. My LMV Malmö broek was worn at least once a week since I made it and also once in combination with the LMV Oslo blouse. A while ago I also made a poloshirt for my husband that he likes to wear. I decided not to use that pattern again but make this LMV version because my husband like the fit of his LMV Cliff hemd and LMV Bernie hemd.

LaMaisonVictor Aspen poloshirt

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LMV Bernie Hemd light blue version

How many different sewing patterns can be made of a dress shirt? I bought the March/April 2018 La Maison Victor magazine while I was waiting for a connecting train to go home. The pattern of the LMV Bernie Hemd seemed to be perfect for my husband to make it out of some light fabric that I bought last year at Les Tissus du Chien Vert during a short stay in Brussels. I can highly recommended this fabric shop if you ever visit Brussels. As soon as I saw this fabric I knew it was perfect to make a short sleeve for my husband so I bought 1.25 meter. The only question was had I bought enough to make a LMV Bernie Hemd light blue version van te maken? The pattern suggested 1.60 meter for all sizes. 

LMV Bernie Hemd light blue version

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Kwik Sew 3484 pattern poloshirt hack

My Let’s Sti(c)k Together March challenge was making a poloshirt for my husband. I’m also a participant in the Breaking Ground Tour and decided to combine both challenges. First step: finding a suitable pattern for this make. I did a search on the internet with ‘poloshirt male sewing pattern’. The result was a bit disappointing and one of the suggestions was a Kwik Sew pattern.

Kwik Sew 3484 pattern poloshirt hack

I’ve never heard of Kwik Sew but this company seems to be founded in 1967. They design patterns for ‘real people’ and easy-to-follow sewing instructions. Kwik Sew 3484 is a dress shirt but I decided to challenge myself and turn the pattern into a pattern suitable to make poloshirt. The back body needed no alteration and the center front body pattern was also drafted on the pattern. Time for the Kwik Sew 3484 pattern poloshirt hack. I only made button plackets.

Kwik Sew 3484 pattern poloshirt hack

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Zonen 09 Theo overhemd stip versie

Flafinko zette vijf jaar geleden de stap om zelf kleding te maken. Zij schafte een naaimachine aan, starte een blog en deelde haar productie. Zij wilde dit vijfjarig blogbestaan niet zomaar ongemerkt voorbij laten gaan en daarom organiseert zij ‘Stik Belgique’. De opdracht is eenvoudig: gebruik een Belgische patroon en indien mogelijk ook Belgische stoffen. Ik deed al twee keer eerder mee met de Let’s Sti(c)k Together blogtour maar niet met kleding. Ik ga deze keer voor kleding. Manlief kon nog wel een overhemd gebruiken en na de eerdere positieve ervaringen werd het het Zonen 09 Theo overhemd patroon. Deze Zonen 09 Theo overhemd stip versie is pas het eerste kledingstuk. Er komt in de loop van oktober nog het een en ander aan.

Zonen 09 Theo overhemd stip versie

De details van de Zonen 09 Theo overhemd stip versie

De stof komt misschien bekend voor. Het werd al eerder gebruikt in deze versie. Ik besloot deze keer de driehoek details en het borstzakje te laten vervallen. De contrast stof is deze keer effen en werd gebruikt voor de binnenkant van de schouderpas, de manchet, de binnenste kraagstaander, de onderkant van de kraag, inzetstukjes maar ook voor de split.

Zonen 09 Theo overhemd stip versie

There is also an English version. Please scroll to the end of the Dutch version.

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Grey White graphic design Leisure wear male T-shirt

Almost a week ago I showed this make for my husband and wrote that he wanted the next one in a more lighter colour. I was about to plan a trip together to visit some fabric stores when I came across this fabric. This Grey White graphic design fabric is from the Fabric collection of La Maison Victor by Editex. I bought it at Stik’nStof in Leiden. Leiden has a market in Wednesday and during lunchtime I decided to do a walk and visit the market. There’s always at least one fabric stall and a couple of weeks ago I bought here some fabric to make a dress for our youngest daughter because she had to attend a wedding. On my way back I came across Stik’nStof and I decided to take a look there as well. They have a beautiful fabric collection and this fabric is one of them.

Grey White graphic design Leisure wear male T-shirt

Er is ook een Nederlandse versie. Deze vind je aan het eind van de Engelse tekst.

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Jeans Blue/Black vertical stripes Mens T-shirt

The Dutch phrase for this Jeans Blue/Black vertical stripes Mens T-shirt would be ‘mijn man heeft een streepje voor’: This time my husband was in my good books. The funny part in the Dutch phrase is ‘streepje’ – ‘stripe’. Sometimes it isn’t possible to write a blog post in two languages and making the ‘playing with words’ happen. I came across this fabric some weeks ago while I was buying haberdashery. I haven’t any suitable fabrics for my husband in my fabric stash so every time I see something suitable for him I buy it. Stripes never loose style and a T-shirt made of this fabric would look casual and smart on his jeans.

Jeans Blue/Black vertical stripes Mens T-shirt

The pattern

I used the male underwear TNT T-shirt for this Jeans Blue/Black vertical stripes Mens T-shirt. It was also used to make this T-shirt as well. I started making my husband white underwear T-shirts in December 2015. He still isn’t happy with the fit because he wears them under his dress shirts in his spare time. The leisure wear version are always a bit looser and they always seem to have a perfect fit. I still need to work a little bit on the perfect fit for the underwear version.

Jeans Blue/Black vertical stripes Mens T-shirt

The fabric

This fabric can be used on both sides. I decided to play a little bit with the stripes and to make it not to much I used the plane side instead of the one with the small stripes. This fabric was also a little bit heavier then the usual fabric I use for his T-shirt but it still has the same stretch. It looks a bit like a light weight Ponte di Roma but the shop assistant told me it wasn’t. The ticket on the fabric wasn’t of any help either.

Jeans Blue/Black vertical stripes Mens T-shirt

The make

Pocket, neckline and sleeves are finished with some plane black jersey. I first used the the other side of the fabric but knowing my husband he would prefer the plane details above the other side of the fabric. I spend a lot of sewing time to let the stripes running perfect. The IDT-syteem on my sewing machine helps to control the fabric so it’s fed evenly from both top and bottom. The fabric doesn’t slip while sewing although a few pins are still needed and some basting helps too. Three sewing evenings later and the Jeans Blue/Black vertical stripes Mens T-shirt was ready to wear.

Jeans Blue/Black vertical stripes Mens T-shirt

The fit of the Jeans Blue/Black vertical stripes Mens T-shirt

My husband is pleased with the fit of his new leisure T-shirt. It looks great on his jeans. He already asked me to make another one but this time he wants some more lighter colours. I think we need to spend some time to go to a few fabric stores and see what we can find.

Time and Costs:

Time: cutting 1 hour (this time getting the stripes right is the time consuming part of the cutting process), sewing 8 hours (I basted the T-shirt this time)
Costs: Fabric € 15,00, Yarn € 3,00

Jeans Blue/Black vertical stripes Mens T-shirt

Mijn man heeft deze keer een streepje voor. Ik probeerde het in het Engels ook over te laten komen maar dat lukte niet. Soms is het onmogelijk een woordspeling in beide talen te laten slagen. Ik kocht deze stof enkele weken terwijl ik op zoek was naar fournituren. Mijn stoffenvoorraad bestaat uit stoffen die voor mij geschikt zijn dus iedere keer als ik iets tegen een stofje aanloop dat geschikt is voor hem dan koop ik het. Strepen zijn tijdloos en een T-shirt van deze stof zou het goed doen op een zijn jeans.

Het patroon

Ik gebruikte het witte TNT T-shirt patroon voor deze Jeans Blue/Black vertical stripes Mens T-shirt. Dit patroon is ook gebruikt  voor dit T-shirt. Ik begon met het maken van zijn witte T-shirts in december 2015. Hij is nog steeds niet tevreden over de fit omdat de T-shirts onder zijn overhemden worden gedragen. Vrije tijd T-shirts zitten altijd wat losser en lijken wel de perfecte pasvorm te hebben. Ik zal dus nog wat tijd moeten steken in de witte versie om de perfecte pasvorm te krijgen.

Jeans Blue/Black vertical stripes Mens T-shirt

De stof

Deze stof kan aan twee kanten gebruikt worden. Ik besloot wat te spelen met de strepen en gebruikte de kant met de gewone strepen en niet de kant met de smalle streepjes. Deze stof is iets dikker dan de gebruikelijke T-shirt stof die ik normaak gebruik maar het heeft wel dezelfde rek. Het lijkt een beetje op een lichte kwaliteit Ponte di Roma maar de verkoopster verzekerde mij dat het geen Ponte di Roma  is. Het label aan de stof zelf gaf niet veel informatie.

Maakproces

Het borstzakje, de hals en mouwen zijn afgewerkt met effen zwarte jersey stof. Ik wilde hiervoor de andere kant van de stof ervoor gebruiken maar mijn echtgenoot kennende gaat hij eerder voor een ‘rustig’ ogende afwerking. Ik stak veel tijd in het perfect laten doorlopen van de strepen. Het IDT-syteem van mijn naaimachine zorgt ervoor dat de stoflagen zowel onder als boven gelijkmatig worden getransporteerd. De stof verschuift hierdoor niet al zijn een paar spelden en rijgen geen overbodige luxe. Drie avonden later was de Jeans Blue/Black vertical stripes Mens T-shirt klaar.

Jeans Blue/Black vertical stripes Mens T-shirt

De pasvorm van de Jeans Blue/Black vertical stripes Mens T-shirt

Mijn echtgenoot is ook deze keer weer tevreden met zijn nieuwe vrije tijd T-shirt. Het T-shirt staat geweldig op zijn jeans. Hij heeft alweer gevraagd om iets nieuws te maken maar deze versie wil hij in een lichtere kleurstelling hebben. Ik denk dat we samen maar eens wat tijd moeten gaan steken aan een zoektocht in een paar stoffenwinkels.

Tijd en Kosten:

Tijd: knippen 1 uur (het goed laten doorlopen van de strepen heeft wat aandacht nodig), naaien 8 uur (ik rijde deze keer het T-shirt)
Kosten: Stof € 15,00, Garen € 3,00

Leisure Time Two Coloured Mens T-shirt

I used the self drafted pattern that is the same as for all the white T-shirts I’ve been making for my husband to make this Leisure Time Two Coloured Mens T-shirt. The fabric was found at Stoffenbeurs in Haarlem that was held on the last Sunday of March. I was looking for white jersey fabric to make some more new white T-shirts. That fabric wasn’t found but I saw some blue jersey fabric with a black stripe that would be perfect to make a Leisure time T-shirt.

First step

I always pre-wash fabrics so the finished garment will not shrink anymore. Some fabrics can also be treated with starch or other chemicals to give them for example a shine. Pre-washing will also remove this starch and chemicals. This fabric lost 4% of its length and 2% of its width after pre-washing. I ironed the fabric and started cutting.

Leisure Time Two Coloured Mens T-shirt Leisure Time Two Coloured Mens T-shirt

Er is ook een Nederlandse versie. Deze vind je aan het eind van de Engelse tekst.

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Theo overhemd korte mouwen versie

Theo overhemd korte mouwen versie is also one of the versions that can be found on the Theo overhemd pattern. The fabric came from the Stoffenspektakel. I visited it on Sunday February 19th to buy fabric for the short sleeved version and I found some beautiful dark blue fabric with small grey dots. There was just enough left to make a short sleeve version so I considered myself to be a very lucky person. The stall also had matching grey fabric with dark blue dots. I decided to use that for my contrast fabric and also buy enough to make a fourth version of the Theo overhemd later this year.

Theo overhemd korte mouwen versie Theo overhemd korte mouwen versie

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Theo overhemd klassieke versie

Theo overhemd klassieke versie is made of beautiful light blue cotton. This fabric was also bought at the Stoffenloods just like I did for this make. The fabric is a woven fabric with a beautiful diamond shaped design. I choose to make a classic look due to the beautiful light blue classic colour and the classic design of the fabric.

Theo overhemd klassieke versie – the alterations

I already told you about the minor changes I wanted to make. The yoke was redrafted by shifting the outer shoulder point for 0.5 centimeters to the font. My husband also wanted his armhole a little bit lower. I also changed the shape of the tail hem and added a triangle gusset. This version has two back pleats to give this version a little bit more space to move the arms while he’s working at the office. He also wanted the sleeves a little bit narrower because this would give a better fit under his suits.

Theo overhemd klassieke versie Theo overhemd klassieke versie

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Theo overhemd weekend versie

Theo overhemd weekend versie is the first version in a serie of three makes. Zonen09 is a Belgium brand. They design patterns for men and boys. Melissa Evans is the host of the Breaking Ground project blog tour. She has hosted this one as well. I had no idea what I wanted to make for the blog tour but after a while I decided to make menswear for this blog tour. I’ve made some menswear before like these T-shirts, boxershorts and chino’s. This weekend versie was also a kind of test version but the fit is almost perfect so it turned out as a very wearable make.

Theo overhemd weekend versie

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Sewing male underwear part 2

Sewing male underwear part 2 is my search to draft the ultimate sewing pattern for a round neck T-shirt and boxershort for my husband. I started sewing T-shirts and boxershorts for my husband almost a year ago and still he isn’t 100% satisfied with the result. He wanted another T-shirt length, some neckline changes and also some minor changes on the fit of the boxershorts. I drafted two new patterns and started cutting and sewing.

Sewing male underwear part 2 Sewing male underwear part 2

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Sewing White Round Neck Male T-Shirts

Sewing White Round Neck Male T-Shirts – the following versies

Sewing White Round Neck Male T-Shirts is all about sewing the perfect White Round Neck Male T-shirt for my husband. After the last make he still had some issues that he wanted to be changed. First was the length of the T-shirts and secondly the shape and the finishing of the neckline. The length was the easiest to alter but the shape and the finishing of the neckline is a challenge to find out what he (really) wants.

Sewing White Round Neck Male T-Shirts Sewing White Round Neck Male T-Shirts

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Sewing More Mens Wear Part 1

Sewing More Mens Wear Part 1 – the T-shirts

Sewing More Mens Wear Part 1 starts with my husbands white T-shirts. Almost a year ago I offered my husband to make his T-shirts. The T-shirts he bought were always to short. I just finished making version 4 and still there are some points of improvement in his opinion. He is happy with the finished neckline. I finished the neckline this time the same as I did with my last five top sewings. I also sewed at the hem V4 on both T-shirts. It’s hard to see the difference between all the versions and this way I can tell the versions apart. I’ve already bought some new white jersey at Stoffenspektakel recently to sew version 5. After pre-washing and finishing other projects I’ll start making them.

Sewing More Mens Wear Part 1 Sewing More Mens Wear Part 1

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Two male chino trousers 

Two male chino trousers are made for a friend of us. He told me a while ago he couldn’t buy his favorite style chino trousers anymore. He wants them with a pleat in the front and also with an easy fit. So he asked me if I could make for him two new trousers. He gave me the oldest one with holes in the knees. The chino was taken apart and after that I copied all the pieces of the chino trousers. Another point is the color that has to be a kind of natural. I started looking on the internet and found two shops were they had this kind of fabric. I showed my friend both fabrics and they were approved.

Two male chino trousers 

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His Boxershort versus her Tunnel Scarf

His Boxershort versus her Tunnel Scarf are both made of leftover fabric. The main fabric for the tunnel scarf came from the ethnic print cut in sleeve top. The boxershort is made entirely made of the main fabric. My husband still wasn’t happy with the finishing of the waistband. After cutting the top I had enough length left to sew a boxershort for my husband. Perfect to make a third version. The off cuts of the main fabric were used to make an other tunnel scarf. I also found some scraps left of the black yoke top and my red cocktail dress. Both matched really beautiful with the main fabric and therefore could be used too.

His Boxershort versus her Tunnel Scarf

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Four Mens Boxer Shorts

Four Mens Boxer Shorts were made after I had been making this sample for my husband. Although he was happy with the sample I decided to make a few changes to the pattern when I saw him wearing the sample. All four are made different (I’m searching for a good way to sew them to get the best fit and outcome), but they are all sewed using a overstitch sewing machine. Two of them have elastic in the waistband using small elastic.

Four Mens Boxer Shorts zijn gemaakt nadat ik dit proefmodel had gemaakt. Ofschoon hij tevreden was met de uitkomst besloot ik toch een paar veranderingen aan te brengen toen ik zag hoe de boxer short zat.

Four Mens Boxer Shorts

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Sewing Menswear

Sewing Menswear is about making some T-shirt and boxers for my husband. My husband is very tall and lots of his RTW T-shirt are to short for him. I offered him to make some new T-shirts for him with the desired length. Besides the T-shirts I also offered to make his Boxer-shorts. A while ago he bought some new Boxer-shorts, but when he was wearing them he found the legs to tight. An earlier bought Boxer-short had much wider legs, but sadly these weren’t available anymore. Last week I copied this Boxer-short and in my pile of discarded T-shirts I found one big enough to sew a sample.

Sewing Menswear

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